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NFL Combine 2017: Five programs that crushed it in Indianapolis

Throughout the week, Rivals.com has profiled players who could have helped and hurt their stocks with their showing at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Here is our look at five teams whose former players performed well at the event.

Note: Teams listed in alphabetical order.

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LSU

Malachi Dupre
Malachi Dupre (AP Images)

Participants: S Jamal Adams, LB Kendell Beckwith, DE Tashawn Bower, WR Malachi Dupre, WR Travin Dural, RB Leonard Fournette, DT Davon Godchaux, OC Ethan Pocic, LB Duke Riley, CB Tre’Davious White

Overview: Only Michigan (14) had more players at the NFL Combine. The Tigers were tied with Alabama, sending 10 to Indianapolis. Many of them did not disappoint. Let’s start with Adams, who didn’t blow anyone away with his testing numbers but proved he’s the top safety available and will go early in the first round. Fournette showed up at 240 pounds and said it was “water weight” but showed the extra weight didn’t slow him down at all as he ran 4.51 in the 40-yard dash. Dupre shined in the vertical and broad jump and Pocic was solid as well.

Farrell’s take: No big surprise here as I expected Adams and White to do well and Fournette ran even better than I expected. But throw in Dupre, who had a good combine, and Pocic and Riley who both improved their stock and it shows how talented LSU’s roster was last year. Why didn't the Tigers win more games?

OHIO STATE

Curtis Samuel
Curtis Samuel (AP Images)

Participants: WR Noah Brown, CB Gareon Conley, OC Pat Elflein, S Malik Hooker, P Cameron Johnston, CB Marshon Lattimore, LB Raekwon McMillan, WR Curtis Samuel

Overview: The Buckeyes continue to pump out elite defensive backs and this year is no different with Lattimore and Hooker proving to be among the top picks in the NFL Draft. Lattimore ran a 4.36 40-yard dash and had strong numbers on the vertical and broad jump. Hooker was limited after recent surgery but he’ll still be a high pick. Samuel was fantastic, posting a 4.31 40 and showing off excellent speed to prove he can be a wide receiver asset in the right offense. McMillan and Conley performed well, too, so their draft stock could be moving up.

Farrell’s take: No shocker here as Ohio State had guys like Hooker, Conely and Lattimore highly rated coming in and I expected Samuel to run well. McMillan really helped himself quite a bit by testing well and answering some questions about his athleticism. While this group isn’t as top heavy as last year, it has two or three first-rounders.

TEXAS A&M

Myles Garrett
Myles Garrett (AP Images)

Participants: OL Jermaine Eluemenor, S Justin Evans, DE Myles Garrett, OT Avery Gennesy, DE Daeshon Hall, QB Trevor Knight, WR Speedy Noil, WR Josh Reynolds, WR Ricky Seals-Jones

Overview: Garrett was outstanding in everything he did in Indianapolis and he proved to be the best player available in the draft. Whether he goes No. 1 overall is up to the Cleveland Browns, but the former five-star dominated this year's NFL Combine. Noil had a vertical of 43.5 that was incredibly impressive. It has to help the Aggies’ recruiting that they sent three receivers to the combine – and the best WR on the team Christian Kirk is coming back next season. Eluemenor went from a virtual unknown to someone who drew high praise so he could be moving up draft lists.

Farrell’s take: Texas A&M produces first-rounders and Garrett will obviously be the next one but guys like Knight, Noil and Evans all helped themselves as well. This was a deep group of talent and most feel Garrett will end up going No. 1 overall which will only help recruiting.

UTAH

Garett Bolles
Garett Bolles (AP Images)

Participants: DB Brian Allen, OG Isaac Asiata, OT Garett Bolles, OC J.J. Dielman, DT Pita Taumoepenu, OT Sam Tevi, RB Joe Williams, S Marcus Williams

Overview: Bolles was phenomenal in interviews and he showed he might be the most athletic – and one of the toughest – offensive tackles in this draft. Asiata had 35 reps on the bench press to lead all offensive linemen. Joe Williams had the second-fastest 40-yard dash and 20-yard shuttle. Marcus Williams and Allen performed well in the secondary. All over the place, the Utes put together a strong performance in Indianapolis.

Farrell’s take: This is probably a bit of a surprise to fans outside of Pac-12 country. Bolles was highly-ranked out of JUCO and probably the most recent eval of any of these guys and he helped himself, but so did Asiata and Williams. Utah won the unofficial medal count (most top three finishes by position), an impressive feat.

WASHINGTON

Sidney Jones
Sidney Jones (AP Images)

Participants: S Budda Baker, TE Darrell Daniels, CB Sidney Jones, CB Kevin King, LB JoJo Mathis, DT Elijah Qualls, WR John Ross

Overview: Ross ran a 4.22 in the 40-yard dash to break the combine record and to help propel himself into the first round. Can a team looking for a playmaker down the field pass on Ross? He wasn’t the only one to shine. The cornerback duo of Jones and King definitely did not disappoint, especially King who could quickly be moving up draft lists. Baker also proved his worth as one of the top safeties in the draft.

Farrell’s take: Ross was the talk of the combine, but Baker and Jones held their own and each could push for late round one or early round two status if they have good pro days. Daniels was impressive as well but the tight end group is so deep he was overshadowed. This group showed a lot of people how talented Washington was last year, many of whom only saw the Huskies lose to Alabama in the playoffs.